Ólafur Guðsteinn Kristjánsson

Ólafur Guðsteinn Kristjánsson (born 1975 in south Iceland) received his BA from the University of Iceland in Comparative Literature in 2004. In 2005 he moved to Berlin, Germany to study Philosophy and German Literature.

He is linguist at heart and fascinated by accents. The past years he has been living in Zagreb with his family wrapping his tong around Croatian.

Ólafur has been teaching Icelandic for many years at various schools in Germany, as well as online through his own service „lærum íslenku“. In 2010 Ólafur started teaching Icelandic Courses for the University Centre of the Westfjords and since 2014 he does additional coursework for our visiting SIT summer school.

Ólafur is a man of many talents: He was the goalkeeper of the Icelandic national football team (U18) and lead vocalist in a rock, punk and country bands. He has released several records, published two books, writes articles about Icelandic and German literature, and publishes pieces on the culture platform starafugl. When not in Iceland he gives lectures about Iceland, it´s language and literature, translates from English and German into Icelandic, or the other way round translates Icelandic movies into German. 

First and foremost, he is an enthusiastic teacher and loves curious students. Anything you would like to learn, from the declension of irregular verbs to the development of Icelandic music, he is happy to explain.

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